New Tulane football stadium has a name now

Chris Graythen

Beginning in 2014, the Green Wave will play home games at Yulman Stadium.

The Tulane Green Wave know they will have a new stadium to play football in beginning in 2014, and now they know what the name of the place is going to be as well.

It was announced Friday that Tulane's $55 million stadium will be called Yulman Stadium, named after Richard Yulman, a Tulane board member and owner of mattress manufacturing company Serta International. Yulman and his wife, Janet, contributed $15 million to the building of the new 25,000-seat stadium.

As of now, home Tulane football games are played in the Superdome, which, when compared with attendance for Green Wave games and Conference USA contests in general, is too cavernous a facility to create a real home-field advantage.

Additionally, the playing surface at the new Yulman Stadium will be named Benson Field, after New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and his wife, Gayle, who supplied $7.5 million of their own toward the construction of the new venue.

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